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Full text of "Poohratorio (The Expotition to the North Pole)"

The Poohratorio 



for sung and spoken voices with guitar 
with optional additional instruments David w Solomons 

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At breakfast that morning (a simple meal of 
marmalade spread lightly over a honeycomb 
or two) he had suddenly 
thought of a new song. It began like this: 



"sing ho for the life of a 



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"I shall sing that first line twice, and perhaps 
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Sing Ho! for a Pooh! 



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lit-tle some-thing, and then the last line won't be true." 



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As soon as he saw the Big Boots, and he brushed the honey off his nose 

Pooh knew that an Adventure with the back of his paw, and spruced himself up 

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"Good morning, Christopher Robin, " he called out. " Do y° u ^^ y° u could ver y kindl y lean 
"Hallo, Pooh Bear. I can't get this boot on." a § ainst me > ' cos l kee P P ullin g so hard 

"That's bad," said Pooh. that I fall over backwards." 



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Pooh sat down, dug his feet into the ground, and pushed hard against 

Christopher Robin's back, and Christopher Robin pushed hard against his, 

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ad libitum during the following narration, 
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"We are all going on an Expedition," said Christopher Robin, as he got up and brushed himself. 

"Thank you, Pooh." 

"Going on an Expotition?" said Pooh eagerly. "I don't think I've ever been on one of those. 

Where are we going to on this Expotition?" 

"Expedition, silly old Bear. It's got an Y in it." 

"Oh!" said Pooh. "I know." But he didn't really. 

"We're going to discover the North Pole." 

"Oh!" said Pooh again. "What is the North Pole?" he asked. 

"It's just a thing you discover," said Christopher Robin carelessly, not being quite sure himself. 

"Oh! I see," said Pooh. "Are bears any good at discovering it?" 

"Of course they are. And Rabbit and Kanga and all of you. It's an Expedition. 

That's what an Expedition means. A long line of everybody. 

You'd better tell the others to get ready, while I see if my gun's all right. 

And we must all bring Provisions." 

"Bring what?" 

"Things to eat." 

"Oh!" said Pooh happily. "I thought you said Provisions. I'll go and tell them." 

And he stumped off. 



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"Come on!" called Christopher Robin. 

"Come on!" called Owl. 

"We're starting," said Rabbit. "I must go." 



And he hurried off to the front of the Expotition 

with Christopher Robin. 

"All right," said Eeyore. "We're going. 



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"Hush!" said Piglet to Kanga. 
"Hush!" said Kanga to Owl, while Roo said 
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"Hush!" said Eeyore in a terrible voice to all Rabbit's friends-and-relations, 
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They had come to a stream which twisted and tumbled between high rocky banks, and 

Christopher Robin saw at once how dangerous it was. 

"It's just the place," he explained, "for an Ambush." 

"What sort of bush?" whispered Pooh to Piglet. "A gorse-bush?" 

"My dear Pooh," said Owl in his superior way, "don't you know what an Ambush is?" 

"Owl," said Piglet, looking round at him severely, "Pooh's whisper was a perfectly private 

whisper, and there was no need — " 

"An Ambush," said Owl, "is a sort of Surprise." 

"So is a gorse-bush sometimes," said Pooh. 

"An Ambush, as I was about to explain to Pooh," said Piglet, "is a sort of Surprise." 

"If people jump out at you suddenly, that's an Ambush," said Owl. 

"It's an Ambush, Pooh, when people jump at you suddenly," explained Piglet. 

Pooh, who now knew what an Ambush was, said that a gorse-bush had sprung at him suddenly 

one day when he fell off a tree, and he had taken six days to get all the prickles out of himself. 

"We are not talking about gorse-bushes," said Owl a little crossly. 

"I am," said Pooh. 

They were climbing very cautiously up the stream now, going from rock to rock, and after they had gone a 

little way they came to a place where the banks widened out at each side, so that on each side of the water 

there was a level strip of grass on which they could sit down and rest. As soon as he saw this, 

Christopher Robin called "Halt!" and they all sat down and rested. 



"I think," said Christopher Robin, "that we ought to eat all our Provisions now, so that 

we shan't have so much to carry." 

"Eat all our what?" said Pooh. 

"All that we've brought," said Piglet, getting to work. 

"That's a good idea," said Pooh, and he got to work too. 

"Have you all got something?" asked Christopher Robin with his mouth full. 

"All except me," said Eeyore. "As Usual." He looked round at them in his melancholy way. 

I suppose none of you are sitting on a thistle by any chance?" 

"I believe I am," said Pooh. "Ow!" He got up, and looked behind him. "Yes, I was. I thought so." 

"Thank you, Pooh. If you've quite finished with it." He moved across to Pooh's place, and began to eat. 



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and were calling out to the others in front of them. 
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"Did you see me swimming?" squeaked Roo excitedly, while Kanga scolded him and rubbed him down. 

"Pooh, did you see me swimming? That's called swimming, what I was doing. Rabbit, did you see what I 

was doing? Swimming. Hallo, Piglet! I say, Piglet! What do you think I was doing! 

Swimming! Christopher Robin, did you see me--" 

But Christopher Robin wasn't listening. He was looking at Pooh. 

"Pooh," he said, "where did you find that pole?" 

Pooh looked at the pole in his hands. 

"I just found it," he said. "I thought it ought to be useful. I just picked it up." 

"Pooh," said Christopher Robin solemnly, "the Expedition is over. You have found the North Pole!" 

"Oh!" said Pooh. 

Eeyore was sitting with his tail in the water when they all got back to him. 

"Tell Roo to be quick, somebody," he said. "My tail's getting cold. I don't want to mention it, 

but I just mention it. I don't want to complain, but there it is. My tail's cold." 

"Here I am!" squeaked Roo. 

"Oh, there you are." 

"Did you see me swimming?" 

Eeyore took his tail out of the water, and swished it from side to side. 

"As I expected," he said. "Lost all feeling. Numbed it. That's what it's done. Numbed it. 

Well, as long as nobody minds, I suppose it's all right." 

"Poor old Eeyore! I'll dry it for you," said Christopher Robin, and he took out 

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"It's feeling more like a tail perhaps. It Belongs again, if you know what I mean." 

"Hullo, Eeyore," said Pooh, coming up to them with his pole. 

"Hullo, Pooh. Thank you for asking, but I shall be able to use it again in a day or two." 

"Use what?" said Pooh. 

"What we are talking about." 

"I wasn't talking about anything," said Pooh, looking puzzled. 

"My mistake again. I thought you were saying how sorry you were about my tail, being all numb, 

and could you do anything to help?" 

"No," said Pooh. "That wasn't me," he said. He thought for a little and then suggested helpfully: 

"Perhaps it was somebody else." 

"Well, thank him for me when you see him." 

Pooh looked anxiously at Christopher Robin. 

"Pooh's found the North Pole," said Christopher Robin. "Isn't that lovely?" 

Pooh looked modestly down. 

"Is that it?" said Eeyore. 

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"Is that what we were looking for?" 

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